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No Smoke, No Mirrors October 22, 2009

Posted by monty in politics, rhetoric.
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adolph-obamaHave you ever wanted to know the precise rhetorical term for the device Conservatives use when they compare Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler?

Well, look no further:

Reductio ad Hitlerum

So the next time your favorite right-winger says something like, “Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, ruled by dictate,”* you can just smile kindly, pat him on the shoulder, and inform him that while he’s simply using a logical fallacy first coined in 1953, you appreciate his interest in current events.  And who says rhetorical devices can’t be fun?

* actual Rush Limbaugh quote


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